• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

Case Stories – Luwiza Smart

Luwiza Smart is a mother of one, she comes from Pondelani village in Traditional Authority Nchiunguza, in Machinga district. She narrates how she came to know about the Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years project which had been implemented by DAPP Malawi in Traditional Authority Nchiunguza in Machinga district with funding assistance from Valdese Church through Humana People to People Italia.
In June this year, 2019, Community Health Workers visited me at home to screen my child. Following the screening it was discovered that my child weighed 12.3 kilograms. They advised me to go to Nayuchi Health Centre in order to be assisted.

Cooking demonstrations on how to prepare nutritious meals

Cooking demonstrations on how to prepare nutritious meals

My child well

My child well

At the health centre I was informed that my child will be enrolled in the child malnutrition program and I will have to start receiving Likuni Phala (soya flour used to make porridge) for the baby. I had been feeding the baby this porridge for a month and when I went for screening in July, the weight had gone up to 12.6 kilograms. Following this record my child was said to be on the road to recovery and I did not have to feed him therapeutic food anymore.
Through this project we have learnt about six food groups. These are foods which we have to be eating at least every day in our homes and they include carbohydrates, proteins, legumes, fruits, vegetables and oils.

Another thing we have learnt is how to determine if a child is malnourished. What you do is you put the baby on the lap, then with both hands hold the feet and press the upper part of the feet with the thumb, apply pressure for three seconds and release. If small holes appear on the skin, then the child is said to be malnourished. The same technique can also be used in the cheeks to determine the nutrition status in children.
Close to 1750 pregnant and lactating mothers have been key beneficiaries in the project. In addition, approximately 30000 people have been categorised as the secondary beneficiaries within the year.

The project was implemented from October 2018 to September 2019.

DAPP Malawi joins 2019 National AIDS Candlelight Commemoration

In corroboration with Malawi Network of People living with HIV (MANET+), National AIDS Commission (NAC), Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS (DNHA), ActionAid Malawi, Christian Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, UNAIDS, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD), African Community Advisory Board (AFROCAB), Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), Reserve Bank of Malawi, Moravian Church, AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), Zomba District Council and Zomba City Council, DAPP Malawi participated in the National AIDS Candlelight Memorial Commemoration on the 21st July 2019 at Nasawa Technical College ground in Zomba district,

Parade procession

Parade procession

Various invited guests parading

Various invited guests parading

Themed “'Intensifying the fight for health and rights”, the day served as a community mobilization campaign platform in raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination and giving hope to the new generations.

Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Charles Mwansambo was the guest of honor and emphasized on the importance of getting tested “I, therefore, urge our men, adolescents and young women to undergo testing, and once they test positive, they should be linked to treatment services and ensure that they are virally suppressed”

The day remembers and honors lives lost to AIDS-related illnesses and provides an opportunity to encourage those living with HIV to champion the fight against HIV & AIDS and advocate for increased resource allocation. The commemorations started in 1983 and takes place every third Sunday of May.

DAPP Nutrition project benefitting pregnant women

Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) in partnership with the Valdese Church through Humana People to People Italia is implementing a project known as Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years. 

Mary Mayankho is one of the beneficiaries of the project. She hails from Seselua village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district which is where this project is being implemented. She has 5 children and is currently expecting her 6th.

Mary right and other project beneficiaries

Mary right and other project beneficiaries

Mary one of the projects beneficiaries

Mary one of the projects beneficiaries

“Through this project, I have learnt the importance of eating balanced meals, the importance of hygiene and the importance of delivering at a hospital “she says.
Mary says she now sleeps in a mosquito net and has constructed a tippy tap which is a hand washing mechanism and a rubbish pit in her compound as she didn’t have these before “I knew that hygiene was important, but with the coming of the project, I have learnt so much more about hygiene which I now practice in my own home”
The one year project is being implemented in Machinga district and to contributes to the reduction of infant mortality due to severe acute malnutrition as well as lactating and pregnant mothers. Close to 1750 pregnant and lactating mothers are the key beneficiaries of the project and aside them 30000 to 35000 people will indirectly benefit from the project.

 

 

Case Story – Gladys Enock

Aged 27 years old, Gladys is a mother of a 3 months old boy and 4 other children and lives in Likhopola village in traditional authority Nchinguza in Machinga district.

She is a beneficiary of the DAPP Screening, Care and Nutrition for the Management of Severe and Moderate Malnutrition in Children Aged 0 to 2 Years project which is being implemented in the district aiming at contributing to the reduction of infant mortality due to severe acute malnutrition in the area which is an area prone to feminine and records higher cases of malnutrition.

Gladys 2nd row, 2nd from the right with other beneficiaries

Gladys 2nd row, 2nd from the right with other beneficiaries

Gladys and her 3 months old baby

Gladys and her 3 months old baby

Gladys says the project, which targets pregnant and lactating mothers with children under 0 – 2 years has helped her to learn more about the importance of breast feeding as the child grows healthy “before the project, I did not know that babies need to be breastfeed often. I would just feed mine when I wanted to, but now, I know better”

She has also gained knowledge on when a child can start eating porridge and the importance of keeping her home clean as well as conserving the environment through tree planting activities and the use of firewood saving stoves.

“My household and I now eat balanced meals thanks to the DAPP field officers who hold cooking demonstrations which explain the foods we are supposed to be eating and how to cook them” she says

Gladys believes this project will benefit a lot of people in the long run “I know that by the end of the project, I will have learnt a lot of which I will share with my fellow women in my community”

It’s Time to End TB!

Held under the theme “Its Time for a World Without TB – Know Your Status” in Malawi, the World TB Day is commemorated on 24 March annually.
Activities to mark this day took place on the 26th of March 2019 at Katoto Secondary School ground in Traditional Authority Nthwalo in Mzuzu City, Mzimba district.
DAPP Malawi joined the government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health and Population Services and the international community in commemorating this day.
The event was graced by the Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Population Services Dr Charles Mwansambo who called on different stakeholders at all levels to unite in the fight against Tuberculosis.

Participants During The Big Walk

Participants During The Big Walk

Pavilions Viewing During The Event

Pavilions Viewing During The Event


“TB fight is for everyone, we need to join hands in this fight, the young, the elderly, students, teachers, let’s call for everyone to join. We should borrow a leaf from NGOs (Non- Governmental Organisations) that work in rural communities to ensure that those with TB signs and symptoms get tested and access treatment. Let us encourage people who experience continued coughing to go for TB status to know their status,” said Dr Mwansambo.
Activities during the event included a big walk, music and traditional dance performances, dramas and testimonies from TB survivors among others.
Best performers in the fight against TB were recognised, awarded and received trophies to mark their achievements. These included the top three performing district, top three community volunteers’ groups within Mzimba district and top three health reporting journalists in the country.

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